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Officer Allegedly Blinds Woman with Pepper Spray

1:51 pm - 05/01/2012
BEAUMONT, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Beaumont police officer accused of permanently blinding a woman with pepper spray pleaded not guilty on Thursday to four felony charges.

A Riverside County grand jury last week indicted officer Enoch Clark on charges of assault with great bodily injury and other felonies.

On February 21, Clark sprayed pepper spray in the face of Monique Christina Hernandez, 32, while he tried to arrest her on suspicion of driving under the influence, the city of Beaumont said in a statement.

Clark allegedly fired the spray from 12 inches away using a JPX device, which shoots spray at speeds of 400 miles per hour and is supposed to be used at a minimum distance of five feet, Hernandez's lawyer Milton Grimes said in an interview.

"She did nothing to warrant him putting a gun -- a pepper-spray Taser gun -- to her forehead and pulling the trigger, causing her right eye to explode and causing severe nerve damage in her left eye to the extent that she's not [OP: can we presume that 'not' is a typo for 'now'?] been declared totally blind," Grimes said.

Hernandez suffered severe injuries to both of her eyes, Grimes said.

Clark is charged with assault likely to cause great bodily injury, assault with a less-lethal weapon, assault under the color of authority and use of force causing serious bodily injury.

He is now free on $50,000 bail.

Clark has been placed on administrative leave by the Beaumont Police Department.

WARNING: Source includes a picture of the injured woman's face, jsyk. It is not horrifically gruesome (at least to me?) but she definitely does not look fine.
kitanabychoice 1st-May-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Her right eye EXPLODED?

I cannot even imagine the pain and suffering she is going through right now. jfc.
emofordino 1st-May-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. I cry like a baby when I get soap in my eye, let alone having my eye actually EXPLODE + the pain of my exploded eye getting sprayed with pepper spray. fuck that guy.
kitanabychoice 1st-May-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
ikr! I won't even wear contacts, that's how sensitive I am about things being near my eyes.

and like a dumbass I went and read the comments on the source and it's full of people talking about how this woman deserved it for being drunk and disorderly. /smh
chaya 1st-May-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
I hate DUIs more than the average person, I think, but this is nothing like reasonable. And tbh considering the sense of the cop in how he "defended himself" I'm not even sure I believe he had real reason to believe she was under the influence.
seishin 2nd-May-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
I cant wear contacts either anymore, for that reason. Stupid sensitive eyes.

I scratched 3/4 of my cornea last December; it was EXCRUCIATING. I cannot imagine what this poor woman is experiencing. It wouldn't even compare. D: D: D:

Edited at 2012-05-02 03:43 am (UTC)
maladaptive 1st-May-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of wondering what the physics of this are. Do they mean ruptured? Which is STILL horrible and will still destroy the eye, but isn't the same as exploding.

brb, have to go deal with my new phobia of my eyeballs exploding.
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